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I am trying to create a shortcut for XLaunchpad and WinLaunch so that I can get a "new tab" (which contains the shortcuts to apps, etc.) to appear. Not about:blank or a URL.

However when I use

chrome chrome://newtab

It keeps on opening a new window.

It is sort of the inverse of How can you configure Chrome to open new browser instances in new windows rather than in a tab?

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Thanks for the comments below. I've edited your question to make it clearer for others to respond to. Please look at the changes to make sure I got it correct. – Isxek Aug 15 '12 at 5:31
Thanks for the updates – Archimedes Trajano Aug 15 '12 at 15:19


Just a blank http:// opens a new tab in chrome. This is the StackExchange syntax but its not displaying as a hyperlink:


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Or, in relation to the actual question, use chrome instead of the chrome:// prefix. – Isxek Aug 14 '12 at 10:32
This still opens up the "new tab" in a new window. So this is not correct. – Archimedes Trajano Aug 14 '12 at 15:15
@lsxek I am trying to get the "new tab" (which has the apps etc) showing up. – Archimedes Trajano Aug 14 '12 at 15:16
actually a blank http:// on the omnibar also redirects to a google search for "http://" so this answer is just wrong. – Archimedes Trajano Aug 14 '12 at 15:18
There's a related question on the Chrome forums, but it hasn't been answered yet. Looking at the available CL switches for Chrome, it looks like this ability is not available yet. – Isxek Aug 15 '12 at 7:01

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